Tottenham appoint Nuno Espirito Santo as new manager


ottenham have finally ended their search for a new head-coach with the appointment of former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno, who has been out of work since leaving Wolves by mutual consent at the end of the season, has agreed a two-year deal with Spurs until 2023.

His appointment brings to an end a protracted and often chaotic 72-day search for a successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on April 19 after a slump in form since December.

Nuno is the latest recommendation of the club’s incoming manager director Fabio Paratici after Spurs ended talks with Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso earlier this month, and discussions with Antonio Conte broke down.

Nuno said: “When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy. It’s an enormous pleasure and honour (to be here), there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work. We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”

Paratici arrived in London on Tuesday ahead of officially taking up his new position on July 1, and the club finalised a deal with Nuno mid-morning Wednesday after face-to-face talks.

The 47-year-old was initially not a candidate when he left Molineux on May 23, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy instead prioritising other targets.

The club held talks with Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Hansi Flick, who is to be Germany’s new head coach, and unsuccessfully attempted to prize Mauricio Pochettino back to the club from Paris Saint-Germain.

Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s new managing director of football

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The appointment of Paratici prompted a change in direction and Fonseca had agreed a deal in principle before the club pulled the plug, while supporters campaigned on social media against Gattuso’s appointment after the club held talks with the controversial former Italy international.

Nuno, who won the Uefa Cup and Champions League under Mourinho at Porto, was considered by Everton and Crystal Palace previously.

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